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“My mother’s family is from Syria and my father’s from Iraq and Palestine. Now, I live in Jordan. The borders don’t seem real to someone like me in this part of the world. Many families are as regionally diverse as mine. I feel very connected to everything that’s going on in the region. The language is almost the same. I see all the war and difficulties we face and take it to heart, especially what’s going on in Syria. I still have family there, and some of them have died. My uncle died as an aid worker in Damascus. I haven’t been back since 2011.
“I grew up in Damascus but migrated to Jordan when I was a teenager. I live in a part of Amman where there are lots of migrants from all over the world, just like me. There’s a good arts scene, nice cafes, and good opportunities to ask people about where they’re from. I was inspired by these conversations. I went to school to become an industrial engineer but decided to take a break in my education to become a flight attendant.
“My mother is very encouraging. She says I should see as much of the world as I can while I am still young. I do about fifteen flights per month and have been able to visit many places. My favorite cities to visit are in Europe – I especially love Vienna and Berlin.
“I feel like I want to keep going and explore the world while I still can. Being a flight attendant is a great way to see the world and save money, but I still want to become an engineer. I hope when I have saved enough money, I can resume my education in Vienna.”